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It is a great achievement

10 April 2017

Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton said it is a great achievement to be crowned the Sky Bet Championship Apprentice of the Year.

The 17-year-old picked up the award at the EFL Awards ceremony in London last night but is not getting carried away as he wants to keep working hard for the club.

He said: "It was a great achievement for me and something that I am very proud of. It was a good night and great to be there.

"I am keeping my feet on the ground and not getting carried away. I just want to keep working hard, get as many games under my belt and keep playing games for this football club and work for the future."

The Apprentice of the Year award recognises achievements on the pitch as well as academic achievements while players complete their scholarships, and Brereton was commended for his disciplinary record and his community work. 

Brereton beat Sheffield Wednesday's George Hirst and Bristol City's Lloyd Kelly to the award having made his mark in the first team this season. After starring for the Under 23 side, Brereton made his first-team debut away at Leeds United in January and has gone on to make 13 appearances, scoring goals against Fulham, Brentford and a memorable last-minute winner against Aston Villa at The City Ground.

Brereton added: "I would like to thank the club and the staff and players. Jack Lester and Gary Brazil at the academy have helped me through and supported me and they gave me my first-team debut. The new gaffer has got faith in me, he believes in me and I am just working hard to play as many games as I can and get more goals. 

"My family as well have been great as they have travelled a lot of miles to get me to training sessions and games. They have been great to me, especially my mum and dad."

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